February 25: Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah
In The Book of Psalms for Worship, a recent (2010) Psalter created by a committee of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Colossians 2:10 is printed above its version of Psalm 146. This verse proclaims, “In Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” As we conclude our comparison of Psalm 146 with Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah, let’s remember that Jesus is the culmination and fulfillment of this Psalm.
Hallelujah, praise Jehovah. O my soul, Jehovah praise.
I will sing the glorious praises of my God through all my days.
The Lord reigns forever; your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Over all God reigns forever, through all ages he is King.
Unto him, your God, O Zion,
Praise the LORD.
Joyful hallelujahs sing.
We see Jesus displayed throughout Psalm 146. Fully God, Jesus was Lord at the beginning, involved in creation—“the Maker of heaven and earth” (John 1:1-18). He humbled himself to become fully human, but, unlike other “human beings who cannot save,” Jesus came to set prisoners free, to give sight to the blind, to care for the poor, and to release the oppressed (Luke 4:14-21). Jesus is the God of Zion, ruling forever (Isaiah 9:6-7).
In the final lyrics of “Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah,” we praise God for his eternal reign and ongoing faithfulness to his people. Jesus is our faithful, reigning King. Praise the LORD!
For Reflection: Read Philippians 2:5-11. What does this passage say about Jesus’s deity and humanity? What does it say about his reign as King? Praise Jesus for creating you, caring for you, and saving you. Praise him as King, and confess him as Lord.